Thank you for all of the birthday wishes yesterday. They helped make it a very special day indeed. Hubbs took over all of the farm chores for the day... which was great (and it rained, so I felt sorry for him.) But, that left me with an entire day to do whatever I wanted.
Much of the day was spent in my sewing room happily working on painting projects for my class. We worked on leaves and different styles of flowers. I was happy as a pig in mud!
Before the rains (and later, freezing rain, not snow, thankfully) came, I took the dogs out for a walk-about.
Armed with scissors and a pitcher of water, I was intent on cutting the blossoming daffodils in order to keep them from freezing overnight.
There are still tons of un-opened blossoms, but most of the opened ones were cut so that I can continue to enjoy them indoors. I hiked through the front pasture, past sleeping equines, to harvest the daffodils that grow in our locust grove.
While wandering around the farm, I was pleased to find more signs of Spring. New life returning in areas that I had planted last summer....
and smiling violas peaking out from beneath a garden bunny.
As I crossed the little stream that helps to feed the pond,
I noticed some Jack-in-the-Pulpits starting to emerge.
This time of year is intoxicating. It seems that every time I turn around, there is something new emerging from a long winter's slumber.
As I walked back up the long driveway towards home, I noticed that Griz had followed us. He's the little dot way down the driveway....
I try to discourage him from coming to the house, for his own good. This time he made it almost to the garage.
The house is Bobby's and Ivy's territory - and neither of them tolerate each other let alone a strange cat.
Before an altercation could occur, I whisked Griz back to the barn, via golf cart... otherwise he would have followed me back home again... and we could have ended up playing that game all day long!
Yesterday was a wonderful reminder of how lucky I am. I have reached this age in good health. I am married to my very best friend. I have a loving family, wonderful children and precious grandchildren, and thoughtful, loving friends. There is nothing that I would change about my life. For all of that and more I am truly grateful.
And with that, we say... "Welcome April!!"